Kevin Sorbo

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Kevin David Sorbo[1] (born September 24, 1958) is an American actor best known for the roles of Hercules in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Captain Dylan Hunt in Andromeda.


Early life

Sorbo was born in Mound, Minnesota, where he attended Mound Westonka High School. He is the son of Ardis, a nurse, and Lynn Sorbo, a junior high school mathematics and biology teacher.[1] He is of Norwegian descent and was raised in a Lutheran family.[2] Sorbo attended Minnesota State University Moorhead and worked as a model for print and television advertising in the 1980s.


Sorbo started his acting career in the late 1980s making guest appearances in several television series such as 1st & Ten, Murder She Wrote and The Commish. He was considered for and lost out to Dean Cain as Superman in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and was a possible contender for the role of Agent Mulder in The X Files which went to David Duchovny.

In 1994, he shot to fame for playing the role of Hercules in the television film Hercules and the Amazon Women. This was the first in a series of television films that served as pilots for the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys which ran from 1995 to 1999. He also guest-starred as Hercules in episodes of the spin-off series Xena:Warrior Princess and provided the voice of Hercules in the animated film Hercules and Xena - The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus which released in 1998. Other voice over work followed, with Sorbo providing the voices of Reiko and Quan Chi in Mortal Kombat 4. In between the years playing Hercules, he played his first leading film role in Kull the Conqueror (1997).

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